Ukraine charges 5 hackers allegedly working for Russia

Ukraine has filed charges of espionage and attempted state overthrow against five people who allegedly were part of a hackers group controlled by Russia. The Security Service of Ukraine said Friday that the hackers group known as “Armagedon” was responsible for some 5,000 cyberattacks on Ukrainian state agencies since 2014. The service said it hadContinue reading “Ukraine charges 5 hackers allegedly working for Russia”

Russia excluded from 30-country meeting to fight ransomware and cyber crime

Russia was not invited to attend a 30-country virtual meeting led by the United States that is aimed at combating the growing threat of ransomware and other cyber crime, a senior administration official said. Many ransomware gangs operate from Ukraine and Russia, private sector cybersecurity experts say. Some U.S. officials and analysts have said RussianContinue reading “Russia excluded from 30-country meeting to fight ransomware and cyber crime”

A Pentagon official said he resigned because US cybersecurity is no match for China, calling it ‘kindergarten level’

Nicolas Chaillan served as the US Air Force’s software chief and worked on Pentagon security. He quit in September and told the Financial Times last week that the US was far behind China on AI. “We have no competing fighting chance against China in fifteen to twenty years,” he said. A senior cybersecurity official at the PentagonContinue reading “A Pentagon official said he resigned because US cybersecurity is no match for China, calling it ‘kindergarten level’”

Japan, Vietnam sign defense transfer deal amid China worries

Japan can now give defense equipment and technology to Vietnam under an agreement signed Saturday, as the two countries step up their military cooperation amid worries about China’s growing military influence. Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said the deal elevates their defense partnership “to a new level” and that Japan and Vietnam plan to deepenContinue reading “Japan, Vietnam sign defense transfer deal amid China worries”

Hackers Release Data Trove From Belarus in Bid to Overthrow Lukashenko Regime

Pilfered data includes lists of alleged police informants and information on government spies. Opponents of the Belarus government said they have pulled off an audacious hack that has compromised dozens of police and interior ministry databases as part of a broad effort to overthrow President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime. The Belarusian Cyber Partisans, as the hackers call themselves,Continue reading “Hackers Release Data Trove From Belarus in Bid to Overthrow Lukashenko Regime”

Ransomware: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver discusses ransomware attacks, why they’re on the rise, and what can be done about them.

Ransomware gangs are working with Russian intelligence services, report says

Russian intelligence services worked with prominent ransomware gangs to compromise U.S. government and government-affiliated organizations, according to new research from cybersecurity firm Analyst1. Two Russian intelligence bureaus — the Federal Security Service, or FSB, and Foreign Intelligence Service, or SVR — collaborated with individuals in “multiple cybercriminal organizations,” security analysts with the firm say inContinue reading “Ransomware gangs are working with Russian intelligence services, report says”

Fake COVID-19 certificate sales rise as health passes become mandatory

With COVID-19 certificates becoming mandatory around the world, some people are turning to social platforms like Telegram to buy fake health passes, at a cost of around €100. In just a few months, accounts selling photoshopped certificates that are being delivered via email have grown in number in Europe and around the world, triggering anContinue reading “Fake COVID-19 certificate sales rise as health passes become mandatory”

Russia disconnected itself from the rest of the internet, a test of its new defense from cyber warfare, report says

Russia tested disconnecting itself from the global internet, Russian outlet RBC Daily said. It said the disconnect happened from mid-June to July, though Insider couldn’t verify that. Russia has wanted total control over the internet, to avoid US firms and potential cyber attacks. Russian successfully tested disconnecting itself from the global internet, according to a reportContinue reading “Russia disconnected itself from the rest of the internet, a test of its new defense from cyber warfare, report says”

Pegasus Affair: Macron changes phone, reinforces security in wake of spyware allegations

French President Emmanuel Macron has changed his phone and phone number in light of allegations that Pegasus spyware might have targeted him, a presidency official said Thursday, the same day Macron held an emergency meeting on cybersecurity at the Élysée Palace. Macron has demanded “a strengthening of all security protocols” regarding sensitive means of communication, the ÉlyséeContinue reading “Pegasus Affair: Macron changes phone, reinforces security in wake of spyware allegations”

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